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Sam & Max - Season 1 All Episodes crash during opening sequence

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I bought the season 1 dvd last summer and played from start to finish the first episode. And now, on the same computer, on exactly same configuration, each episode crashes during the opening demo, just after the second or third "cut" depending on the episode.

I have:
Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
1GB of RAM
ATI Radeon 9550
DirectX up to date

Last month when I tried the episodes, they gave error dialogues that my graphic card drivers were old and needed updating. I updated. After that just the crashing. Since then I've re-installed my graphic card drivers (several times), and even my windows. No change. I tried the older drivers again and they gave the 'you need to update' -error.

Any suggestions?

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  • Hmm, load up your control panel and go to Sounds and Audio devices, then click on the Advanced button down in Speaker settings. Now go over to the performance tab and try turning off hardware acceleration. See if that makes a difference.

    Oh, also. You said that Windows forced a DirectX reinstall. Did this pull it from online or was the install from the Windows cd?

  • Turning the hardware acceleration off didn't remove the creashing, but it might be the game ran for a but longer than otherwise, I'll test that again when I have more time.

    DirectX has been updated from the web.

  • Yes, problem solved!

    I uninstalled ATI's own device drivers and installed Radeon Omega Drivers. Worked like a charm!

    Thanks to you Will for your help! Hopefully this will also be of help to someone else.

    PS. You can find the drivers at http://www.omegadrivers.net/omega_drivers.php

  • Sweet. I'm always hesitant to suggest third party drivers, but I may have to start doing it more.

  • My trust towards them was just made hundredfold :P

    Feel free to remove this thread, or lock with "solved" added to title or anything.

  • @4eyes said: Yes, problem solved!

    I uninstalled ATI's own device drivers and installed Radeon Omega Drivers. Worked like a charm!

    Thanks to you Will for your help! Hopefully this will also be of help to someone else.

    PS. You can find the drivers at http://www.omegadrivers.net/omega_drivers.php

    Thanks for the link. I also have a 2600 AMD Barton processor and an ATI Radeon 9600. Same kind of crashes.
    I am reluctant to install the Omega drivers just for one game, cuz the new Radeon drivers and catalyst have been working so well with new 3d games, and I (whoops, I meant "My dog...) has been playing S&M on my wifes old computer with an NVIDIA card.
    Might try it anyway, cuz hers only works on low graphics and 800 x 600.
    I need to transfer the dog's saved-games to my computer and let him back at it, I guess.

    P.S.: Did you install and use the driver detective program on that site or just the Omega drivers?
    If you used the driver detective and it ALSO installed soundcard drivers, then it could have been a problem with your soundcard, rather than video.
    Still curious as to whether I should try it.

  • Well you could always install it and then check your performance on the other games. Worst case scenario you just have to uninstall it again. Omega drivers have a good enough reputation that they shouldn't wreck your computer or anything.

  • @Will said: Well you could always install it and then check your performance on the other games. Worst case scenario you just have to uninstall it again. Omega drivers have a good enough reputation that they shouldn't wreck your computer or anything.

    I may try that, but I have noticed lately that most games are designed with NVIDIA in mind, whereas ATI Radeon is somewhat left in the lurch.
    Radeon's are great AGP cards, but too many NVIDIA proprietary games are out there for PC, that only claim to support ATI (bought out by AMD), and likewise cleverly neglected through the behest of Intel. Now they are chiefly concerned with PCI express NVIDIA cards, and dual-core Intel processor formats.
    We AMD PC users (oops, I meant the dog) are the Jurassic's of the gaming crowd.

  • I think you're confusing support with marketing deals. All those games that say 'designed for nVidia' or whatever are basically just selling ad space. They're not actually nVidia exclusive.

  • @tabacco said: I think you're confusing support with marketing deals. All those games that say 'designed for nVidia' or whatever are basically just selling ad space. They're not actually nVidia exclusive.

    Okay, thanks. I will have to tell that to my buddies with Radeon's. They have had more problems with driver incompatability than one can shake a stick at. Usually we have to go backward in our driver base just to get a newer game to work, and I'm talking about games like the Call of Duty series(CoD4 doesn't work at all with my 9600), Battlefield, and other very popular 3d games.
    So what's up with that?
    Personally I think that game developers are dropping the ball on compatability issues, and centering their attention on the most marketed hardware of the day.
    Too much Chinese hardware to choose from, I guess.

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